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This issue explores the principle of freedom from many angles. Swami Vivekananda speaks about the one universal cry for freedom and Daaji takes us on a first leg of journey of ultimate freedom. The lotus symbolises a life free from the burdens of its surroundings, one young writer explores the way reactions and expectations have hampered his happiness and how acceptance in family life has helped her to be carefree. Our regular sections on self, work, relationships, vitality and nature are all of great reading, and the children's section is a source of wonderful holiday fun.

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    1. Heartfulness July 2017 1

    2. FASHIONING POSSIBILITIES

    3. FASHIONING POSSIBILITIES EVERY EDUCATED CHILD IS ANOTHER POSSIBILITY TO CHANGE THE WORLD Arvind Limited a part of the Lalbhai Group was incorporated in 1931 and today operates in diversified businesses like Fabrics, Garments, Advanced Materials, E-commerce, Brands & Retail, Engineering, Real Estate, Sustainable Agriculture and Telecom. At Arvind, we live our core philosophy of ‘Enriching Lifestyles’ by defining and setting trends across the fashion capitals of the world. We constantly strive to positively impact, the quality of life of people, through initiatives of social, economic, educational, infrastructural, environmental, health and cultural advancement. For the last 8 decades, Arvind’s CSR is guided by the conviction that industry has an important role in improving society.

    4. Download Free Digital version for 12 months value $29.90 Subscribe to HEARTFULNESS MAGAZINE To order copies online - single, 12 months subscription and 24 months subscription - please go to: http://www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/subscriptions Email: subscriptions@heartfulnessmagazine.com Printedcopies will be available at selected stores, airports and newsstands, and at Heartfulness Centers and Ashrams. /practiceheartfulness /+Heartfulness /heartful_ness /practiceheartfulness 4 Heartfulness July 2017

    5. FLIGHT OF THE Limitless Dear readers, Each of us is limitless in our potential. Then what is it that binds us and stops us from soaring? When we swim against the current in a river we struggle, whereas when we let go and allow ourselves to be carried by the flow, it is liberating. Most of the struggle that we face in life is because we swim upstream – we resist what life brings us. When we let go and accept situations as they come, we are liberated from so much hardship. In this issue, we explore various aspects of freedom. Daaji’s article takes us on the march to freedom, in order to satisfy the craving of the soul. In the nature section, the lotus exemplifies how to remain cheerful in the face of adversities and live unaffected by our surroundings, and in a similar way one young writer explores how reactions and expectations have hampered his happiness, and another about how developing acceptance in her family life has helped her to grow. And we hear from the great Swami Vivekananda about the one universal cry for freedom. Thought creates and covers the distance between bondage and freedom. In Richard Bach’s book of the same name, Jonathan Livingston Seagull tells one of his students: “You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.” “Are you saying I can fly?” “I say you are free.” We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed compiling it. The Editors Elizabeth Denley Emma Ivaturi Meghana Anand Veronique Nicolai Rishabh Kothari Heartfulness July 2017 5

    6. INSPIRATION INSIDE SELF 14 The march to freedom KAMLESH PATEL 22 Reactions, expectations, and the desire to control HARPREET KALRA WORK 26 The heartful presenter RAVI VENKATESAN 30 Living with the new children TERRAN DAILY RELATIONSHIPS 34 The principle of many GAYATHRI PRAKASH 38 One universal cry for freedom SWAMI VIVEKANANDA 43 Cryptik AN ART ESSAY 6 Heartfulness July 2017

    7. CHILDREN 80 Making portraits 70 The three brothers - part 4 PAPIGUY DE MONTPELLIER 65 The lotus NATURE 60 Chickweed – part 2 ALANDA GREENE 56 Conquering asthma through meditation DR RAJA AMARNATH AND CHITRA RAJAN 50 Should we cook gluten-free? FÉLICIE TOCZE VITALITY Heartfulness July 2017 7

    8. CONTRIBUTORS Cryptik Cryptik graduated from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA. His intricate artworks are to be found on public walls, buildings, slap stickers, and hanging in galleries, and they find voice in images of spiritual universality. They integrate Eastern philosophical thought and mantras with the black letter bombing of cholo graffiti writing. EDITORIAL TEAM Meghana Anand, Elizabeth Denley, Emma Ivaturi, Veronique Nicolai DESIGN TEAM Emma Ivaturi, Uma Maheswari, Nehal Singh PHOTOGRAPHY Quang Nguyen Vinh, Brandon Shigeta Ravi Venkatesan ARTWORK Juliette Alay, Maja Bruun-Smidt Ravi lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and currently works as Chief Technology Officer in a software solutions company. He is also a regular public speaker and public speaking coach. He has been a Heartfulness meditator for over 20 years and is passionate about applying meditation lessons to improve workplace relationships and productivity. WRITERS Cryptik, Raja Amarnath, Terran Daily, Papiguy de Montpellier, Alanda Greene, Anne-Grethe Kousgaard, Harpreet Kalra, Kamlesh Patel, Gayathri Prakash, Chitra Rajan, Félicie Tocze, Ravi Venkatesan Volume 2 Issue 7, July 2017 8 Heartfulness

    9. CONTRIBUTIONS letters to the editors and guidelines contributions@heartfulnessmagazine.com ADVERTISING advertising@heartfulnessmagazine.com Raja Amarnath SUBSCRIPTIONS subscriptions@heartfulnessmagazine.com http://www.heartfulnessmagazine.com/ subscriptions Dr Raja is Professor of Pulmonary Medicine and Head of Critical Care Services at the Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospitals in Chennai. He is also the Managing Director of CIPACA, a group of medical personnel managing ICUs in various parts of Tamil Nadu, India. He is a specialist in allergies, pulmonology, sleep medicine and critical care as well as being a trainer in Heartfulness Meditation and stress management. His research is on the efficacy of meditation in relieving stress and the healing powers of meditation for various physical and ISSN 2455-7684 PRINTED BY: Sunil Kumar Kala Jyothi Process Pvt. Limited 1-1-60/5, RT C Cross Roads, Musheerabad, Hyderabad-500 020, Telangana, India EDITOR: Rishabh Kothari PUBLISHER: Sunil Kumar representing Spiritual Hierarchy Publication Trust on behalf of Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation, Chennai. mental illnesses. © 2015 Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation Félicie Tocze ** Printing, publishing, distribution, sales, sponsorship and revenue collection rights vests with the Publisher alone. As a consultant and a chef supporting healthy eating, Félicie proposes creative and tasty vegetarian recipes inspired by her many travels, designed to satisfy our each and every senses. She shares her expertise by teaching groups or individuals, and provides a chef or home catering service on demand. All her activities are inspired by a holistic approach, supported by the belief that healthy food should definitely be made more attractive. All rights reserved. ‘Heartfulness’, ‘Heartfulness Relaxation’, ‘Heartfulness Meditation’, ‘Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation’, ‘SMSF’, ‘www. Heartfulness.org’, the ‘Learn to Meditate’ logo, the ‘Heartfulness’ logo are registered Service Marks and/or Trademarks of Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written permission from the Publisher. The views expressed in the contributions in this publication do not always reflect those of the editors, the Heartfulness Institute, or the Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation. July 2017 9

    10. Heartfulness Through meditation, calm THREE WAYS TO EXPERIENCE Heartfulness Meditation 1. On your own – watch, relax and meditate with our online masterclsses, any time, any place convenient at http://en.heartfulness.org/masterclass/ or through our Heartfulness LetsMeditate Application on your smartphone. 2. With a trainer – register at http://en-us.heartfulness.org/connect-with-us/. 3. With a group near you – email info@heartfulness.org or find your nearest center at http://heartspots.heartfulness.org. IN YOUR ORGANIZATION TO MEDITATE Contact workshops@heartfulness.org for our trained facilitators to conduct Heartfulness workshops in your organization.  If requested, we will enable your own champions to sustain Heartfulness programs in your organization. Sit comfortably, close your eyes and relax. Turn your attention inwards and take a moment to observe yourself. Then, gently make a suggestion that the source of light that is already within your heart is attracting you from within. IN YOUR DAILY LIFE Do this in a gentle and natural way. There is no need to concentrate. If you find your awareness drifting to other thoughts, gently come back to the idea of the light in your heart. Meditate every morning in the comfort of your own home. Meditate in a group with friends and colleagues in your organization. Feel immersed in the light in your heart, and let yourself become absorbed. Join the millions who meditate for universal peace and love at 9 p.m. daily for 15 minutes. Remain absorbed within this deep silence for as long as you want, until you feel ready to come out. Afterwards, scan your system and make a note of what you felt and observed. Try to carry that inner connection with you throughout the day. TO EXPERIENCE HEARTFULNESS please contact one of our trainers at heartspots.heartfulness.org or via the website at www.heartfulness.org Toll free numbers: North America 1 844 879 4327 | India 1 800 103 7726

    11. Let’s Meditate App Meditate with a Heartfulness trainer anywhere anytime. letsmeditate@heartfulness.org Download on Android or iOS

    12. When you have found a master, then there is no need to worship any other god: you have found your god. All other gods are dead. When Jesus is alive, Jesus is God: in the great temple of Jerusalem there is nobody – it is empty. When Buddha is alive, then Buddha is God: then he is the temple and he is the Teertha – then the Kashi is empty and the Giranar is just a rocky place. Whenever there is a living master, God has chosen to be present there. OSHO, FROM DIVINE MELODY, CHAPTER 5 12 Heartfulness July 2017

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    14. thescienceofspirituality THE MARCH TO Freedom KAMLESH PATEL takes us on a journey – the ultimate journey to freedom. In the process he explains why freedom is of such importance to humans worldwide. Evolution of Consciousness Series 14 Heartfulness July 2017

    15. I life have considered important. We can call them universal principles. One of the most highly valued is freedom. f we study history, we realize that there are some fundamental principles and values that the peoples of all cultures, backgrounds and walks of of the soul? All throughout this series on the evolution of consciousness we have been very close to this theme. The evolution of consciousness is the expansion that comes step-by-step, as we transcend the bondages of the soul. We have explored the three bodies of a human being: the soul is at the center of our existence, and then there are coverings around the soul. There are an infinite number of coverings around the soul, all of which can become heavy with complexities and impurities. In the words of Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, “The natural yearning of the soul is to be free from bondage.” This yearning or craving for freedom is the core of our human purpose. You could say, in fact, that the march to freedom is our true human purpose. Our real march to freedom is to purify these coverings so that they no longer bind the soul. To let the soul be free of all heaviness, so it can soar and become one with the universal soul we call the Divine or God. To live in universal consciousness. But what freedom is Ram Chandra talking about in this statement? Is it the license to do whatever we want on this earth for our own happiness, at the expense of other people, other species and our environment? The ancient Greek philosopher Plato said “No”, and argued that with freedom comes a responsibility to align our choices with goodness. In the 17th century, John Milton said the same thing. In the teachings of all religions, philosophies and spiritual traditions, we find the idea of choosing what is right over what is pleasurable. The Buddha’s noble eightfold path is based on the same premise, as are the ethical precepts of Yoga – yama and niyama – and the Ten Commandments of the Judeo-Christian tradition. This march to freedom is the spiritual journey, and there is a map to give us guidance and directions. This map is the spiritual anatomy of the human system. In earlier articles of this series we started to explore spiritual anatomy, but now we will explore it in more depth. Many of you will have heard of chakras, which are often described as centers of concentrated energy in the human system. The traditional view is that there are 7 main chakras: the root chakra at the base of the spine, the sacral chakra just below the navel, the solar plexus chakra in the upper abdomen, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the brow chakra and the crown chakra at the top of the head. So let’s explore further Ram Chandra’s statement, “The natural yearning of the soul is to be free from bondage.” What bondage? What is the bondage Heartfulness July 2017 15

    16. TRADITIONAL CHAKRAS But we now know that the spiritual anatomy of a human being is made up of many more chakras than these 7, and that they extend to the occipital prominence at the back of the head. The 3 lower chakras are common to all higher animal species, while human beings also have the possibility of awakening and developing the capacity of the chakras from the heart upwards. These 13 chakras are shown in this image: 16 Heartfulness July 2017

    17. LOCATION OF THE CHAKRAS FROM THE HEART TO THE CENTRAL REGION Heartfulness July 2017 17

    18. The heart chakra is not just one star; it is a constellation of many stars, and the 5 major ones belong to the 5 elements that manifest throughout the universe – earth, air, fire, water and ether, also known as akash or space. Our bodies are also made from those 5 elements, which are present in the heart chakra, starting with chakra 1 of the heart, which has the qualities of earth dominant. The other four elements exist here to a lesser degree. Chakra 1 is on the lower left side of the chest near the physical heart. On this journey through the Heart Region, at chakra 1 we learn to work with our likes and dislikes, with the pull of our desires, including worldly worries, greed and jealousy, resentment and self-pity, sensuality and lust, guilt and shame. When we master these emotions, as a result of purifying and traversing chakra 1, a natural feeling of contentment and lightness develops. The beautiful thing about the earth element at chakra 1 is that it supports and allows everything. It is utterly accepting, without judgment. For instance, the earth will allow a murder to take place and when it does there is no earthquake. The earth does not swallow up the murderer. We walk on Mother Earth and she tolerates our weight. We can create a beautiful garden or burn the garden, and all is witnessed by the earth. She tolerates us. She accepts us. She is like a mother to us. Chakra 2 is the soul chakra on the lower right side of the chest. It has the quality of space or akasha dominating. Chakra 3 is where the fire element dominates, on the upper left side of the chest. Chakra 4 is where the water element dominates, on the upper right side of the chest, and chakra 5 is at the throat and has the air element dominating. All of this is within the Heart Region or Pind Pradesh, and it is a vast region in itself. When a person develops this quality, at its pinnacle that person becomes like a mother, becoming so loving and accepting of everything. Through the practice of Heartfulness, the first step is to purify and awaken these 5 chakras of the Pind Pradesh so that consciousness can expand through this vast region. What does this mean for us? One thing it means is that we learn to purify and master the feeling side of life. We can clear away the overlays of emotional distortion around the soul that color our perception, so that purity, wisdom and clarity become our natural state of being. We develop the confidence to listen to the heart. Our lives become simpler and purer. Chakra 2 is the spiritual heart. At chakra 2 we experience the feelings of peace, lightness, stillness, and the bliss of the soul. Compassion reaches its zenith here. At first it is difficult to integrate this experience with daily life, as the feelings are so enticing that all we want to do is meditate and stay in that state of peace. On one side, there is immense calmness and peace, and on the other side a very subtle level of yearning to move onwards. Gradually, as we journey through chakra 2 and balance chakras 1 and 2, we learn to be both grounded in the earthly plane and soar in space at the same time. We start 18 Heartfulness July 2017

    19. to integrate matter and spirit in our lives. onward journey. Anger in its pure form is also for our benefit, as it alerts us to the fact that something is wrong, and reminds us to change our tendencies and behaviors to continue on the right path. As we feel the inner friction we know something needs refining. This creates our base for moving onwards to the upper chakras in the chest area where we encounter the other elements – fire, water and air. Fire is vital energy, and at chakra 3 we dive deeper into this element. So at this chakra, the purifying effect of fire helps us to transform so that we evoke love in others. What is being transformed in us? The worst in us is being transformed; things like hatred. It is transformed into love, and that’s what helps us to ascend. Fire helps us to melt our heart. Here true devotion develops and true love develops. We don’t have to pretend to be in love, as we cannot help but love. Love becomes our very nature. When anger and love are directed elsewhere, when their focus is outwards towards other people and things, these two emotions can drag us into entanglements and complexities, creating a diversion and causing emotional turbulence. That is not to say we should not love in a worldly sense, or that we should not utilize anger to improve ourselves in a worldly sense, but it is important to keep the field of consciousness clear and pure, as opposed to muddying it with turbulent emotions. Hence we have the process of cleaning in Heartfulness – to refresh and rejuvenate the field of consciousness, to purify the subtle body on a daily basis. Fire purifies. When you see gold ore heated up it is purified to produce gold. If you heat ice, what happens? It melts – it becomes water, which then becomes steam, powerful enough to move locomotive engines. Let’s focus on these two principles of fire: purifying and melting. What is the solidity that melts in us? When we interact with people, sometimes we are vibrant and feel like moving and at other times we don’t feel like doing anything, we are frozen. It is just this. When the fire of love is there, we can move easily because love makes things easier and better. It is difficult to move around with complexities and heaviness. Fire has another quality. Even when you keep a match or a lighter pointing downwards, the fire will always rise upwards. Our love, the fire of love, must ascend. When we talk of ascension we always talk of divinity. Love connects us with our Source and with the Guide who is leading us to our Source, and so love facilitates our march to freedom. Moving to chakra 4, what does the water element evoke in us? Water has a very soothing and tranquil At chakra 3 we learn to use love and anger so that both are transformative guiding emotions for the Heartfulness July 2017 19

    20. In our journey through the Heart Region, we purify all these feelings. Each one has its purpose and we learn how to use them constructively for our onward evolution. Once we have traversed the chakras in the Heart Region, the journey then continues into higher and higher realms. To go further, the important quality that we need is generosity. Generosity of heart is able to drop the differences, the opposites or the dwandwas, and is able to discern things with just the right perspective. effect. It refreshes our mind and soothes our heart. The state that we experienced with fire, always restless to love, now becomes quieter. The intensity of love is reduced considerably. Love becomes like a deep flowing river towards the Source. It is less expressive and more inwardly transporting. The emotional excitement of love found at chakra 3 is ennobled when it combines with the water element and becomes subtler. that could be reckless. It keeps us on track, if you like, in its pure form. But when it is weighed down with impressions, fear can become negative and crippling. Strength develops from within as love flows deeper, and this manifests at chakra 4 as courage and confidence in everything that we do. Courage is very beneficial when a healthy level of humility and concern for others is present, but when it is reckless and ego-driven it can be destructive. Chakra 5 is dominated by the air element, and has qualities of lightness, clarity and intelligence. Air is always in flux – we don’t know which direction it is heading. In the same way, our mind, our moods, our emotions also keep on fluctuating. At chakra 5 there can be a lot of illusion. When heaviness At chakra 4 we also experience and learn to master fear. Let’s say you are all alone on the ocean and there are thirty-foot waves, you will feel afraid. Fear balances courage, preventing us from doing things 20 Heartfulness July 2017

    21. or emotional turbulence exists in the heart, the air element manifests this confusion and illusion. When confusion is present, it means that we must pause and wait until the confusion has shifted and the heart is able to truly guide us with clarity. ABOUT KAMLESH PATEL Kamlesh Patel is the world teacher of Heartfulness, and the fourth spiritual Guide in the Sahaj Marg system of Raja Yoga. He oversees Heartfulness centers and ashrams in over 130 countries, and guides the thousands of certified Heartfulness trainers who are permitted to impart Yogic Transmission under his care. In our journey through the Heart Region, we purify all these feelings. Each one has its purpose and we learn how to use them constructively for our onward evolution. Once we have traversed the chakras in the Heart Region, the journey then continues into higher and higher realms. To go further, the important quality that we need is generosity. Generosity of heart is able to drop the differences, the opposites or the dwandwas, and is able to discern things with just the right perspective. Known to many as Daaji, he is also an innovator and researcher, equally at home in the inner world of spirituality and the outer world of science, blending the two into transcendental research on the evolution of consciousness. He is expanding our understanding of the purpose of human existence to a new level, so necessary at this pivotal time in human history. Transcending this Pind Pradesh means going beyond this earthly plane of existence to the Mind Region, and finally beyond the Mind Region to the Central Region. We will explore these regions next time in the quest to understand more of the march to freedom Heartfulness July 2017 21

    22. Reactions, Expectations, and the Desire to Control 22 Heartfulness July 2017

    23. O contemplation was laced with disappointment about why I was not able to pull off a perfect meditation. ne cold wintry early morning, after meditating, I was quietly contemplative. Not that this contemplation was something new, but on that day it was different. My quiet HARPREET KALRA takes us along with him on his journey to find the perfect meditation. Along the way he understands much more about life and how to live it, and the need to let go. Most spiritual guides and world meditation teachers have time and again mentioned that one perfect meditation is enough to help us dive fully within and realize our true inner potential. Yet, after years of meditation I have not been able to pull it off. That perfect meditation still eluded me. Unable to find an answer, I left for work. It was a busy day, packed with meetings and presentations. Around 7:30 p.m., after wrapping up, I started my drive back home. Seeing the red light at the traffic signal, I stopped. As time passed a sense of annoyance tinged my system, “Why is it not turning green?” I murmured. Eventually the signal turned green and I felt relief, but just when I was about to hit the accelerator I realized the car in front of me was not moving. My relief was short-lived and I started to honk and mutter. In some time the car moved. Shortly I followed and quickly overtook the car; not before giving the driver a staring glance. While I continued to drive, all the events of the day flashed in front of me one by one, like bubbles dancing in free air. Soon an understanding gripped me. There was a common thread through my thoughts, feelings and behavior. The thread of reaction. I was reacting all the time. Heartfulness July 2017 23

    24. When we completely lose “But what did that have to do with a perfect meditation?” I pondered. understanding pervaded my being. Slowly another the desire to control any outcome, the tendency of the Expectation is rooted in the desire to control. mind to expect also ceases to exist. We can then achieve a I was aware of many definitions of meditation: meditation is the art of awareness; meditation is thinking continuously of one thought; meditation is diving deep within oneself, etc. The one which always resonated with me the most is: meditation is the art of letting go of control. That instant I realized why. perfect meditation. It was not that I was not earlier aware of my reactions, but this time the understanding pervaded my entire being in one stroke. There was something different. The heart and mind both accepted the need to change and stop reacting, unlike on previous instances when one was not in sync with the other. In meditation, we practice this art of letting go of control. If we carefully analyse the nature of the thoughts that pull us out, that stop us from deep diving within ourselves fully, we will soon realize that they have the same thread. For example, a desire for a preferred outcome, such as “I should get this job,” “I should get promoted,” “My boss should appreciate my work and not criticise me,” “My son should get admission in the best school,” etc. It further occurred to me that all my reactions were rooted in the disappointment of my unmet expectations. I was expecting from almost anything and everything in my radar – from myself, from friends and family, from colleagues, from acquaintances and strangers, from life events and circumstances, from God … the list was endless. I realized that in meditation, as we set out to relinquish these desires for preferred outcomes, we start oscillating between being at peace with any outcome and latching onto a specific outcome desired by us. With time, as the desire to control the outcome weakens, the quality of meditation starts improving. We increasingly stay connected with our inner self and are less pulled out. The stronger the expectation, the greater was the disappointment at it not being met, resulting in reaction and frustration. During my college days, when I had faced a particular criticism from a friend, I managed to brush it off, but months later, when I faced a similar criticism from my father, I struggled to deal with it as my expectation from him was different. I understood that day that when we completely lose the desire to control any outcome, the tendency of the mind to expect also ceases to exist. We can then achieve a perfect meditation. But not without relinquishing the desire for a perfect meditation! I concurred that expectation was the real culprit! 24 Heartfulness July 2017

    25. None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but licence. JOHN MILTON Heartfulness July 2017 25

    26. The heartful Influence minds and win hearts PRESENTER Last month RAVI VENKATESAN started by sharing his understanding of why speakers fail. In Part 2 of the series he shares the aspects of communication we need to explore in order to refine and improve our presentation skills, focusing on body language. Here are the 27 Cs categorized under 5 focus areas: BODY LANGUAGE- calm, comfortable, composed, choreographed and consistent VOICE MODULATION - clear, crisp, controlled, civil, and charged PRESENCE - confident, credible, current, charismatic and courageous EMPATHY - caring, compassionate, connected, context-aware, careful and conversational IMPACT - concise, compelling, creative, convincing and comprehensive 26 Heartfulness July 2017

    27. Let’s dive deeper into body language. Research shows that body language accounts for 55% of all communication. Non-verbal expression makes a very significant difference to the impact of your presentation. Many times even seasoned speakers have ‘nerves’. Classic symptoms are rapid heartbeat, shivers, a dry mouth and a shaky voice. Relax yourself and breathe deeply to get rid of this. Do a quick version of the Heartfulness Relaxation if needed. You can find this at https:/ /www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuiV395xI4I. CALM Take your time to get comfortable with the environment. Preferably visit the day before, or arrive early. Soak in the atmosphere and feel like you command the space. COMFORTABLE COMPOSED Maintain a balanced state within and a steady posture. This will reflect as your poise. Your feet should be shoulder width apart and point straight ahead. Men tend to keep their feet at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. Women tend to lean on one leg and then shift to the other. CONSISTENT Ensure that your body language supports your words. This will amplify the perception that you mean what you say and say what you mean. For example, if you are describing a big new idea, spreading your arms wide open is better than bringing them together. CHOREOGRAPHED Always stand still and make eye contact with one person in the audience at a time while speaking, even if there are thousands of people present. Pause and shift to another person and resume speaking. Pause while moving, and resume eye contact and stand still before speaking again. This will make your movement on stage appear purposeful and impactful. In the next article, we’ll dive deeper into voice modulation. Till then have fun practicing these techniques to refine your body language Heartfulness July 2017 27

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    29. Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy. KAHLIL GIBRAN Heartfulness July 2017 29

    30. LIVING WITH THE New Children Watering What You Want to Grow TERRAN DAILY shares more of her professional wisdom as a pediatric occupational therapist on how to encourage and support the best behavior possible from your children. 30 Heartfulness July 2017

    31. “S your school bag again!” “Why can’t you just do your homework without me having to nag you about it?” top whining!” “How many times do I have to tell you not to grab things from your sister?” “Don’t tell me you forgot plants do you want to grow? I’m guessing you want behaviors that are harmonious, responsible, respectful and happy to grow, right? So the trick is to shower attention on positive behaviors, helping them to grow, while at the same time paying as little attention as possible to the negative behaviors until they wither and finally die out. It makes sense, right? But is it easy? No, at least not at first. Life in most families with children is peppered with a certain amount of scolding, but when scolding becomes the most frequent way of communicating and the child’s behaviors are getting worse rather than better, something needs to change. In last month’s article, we talked about clearly defining behavior goals and ‘watering’ desired behaviors with incentives that we have agreed upon with the children. But there are also a lot of other ways to water positive behavior. Here are a few strategies. Think of family life as a garden for a moment, with children’s various behaviors as plants and the attention you give each behavior as water. What BE CLEAR WHAT YOU WANT Before we can water any behaviors we want to grow, we have to be clear what they are. And unfortunately, it’s often much easier to know what we don’t want than what we do want. If the children are old enough, it can be useful and fun to involve them with this activity. Choose one or two of the behaviors on your list, and the children can help problem solve what they can do instead of the problem behavior. Maybe the child can draw a picture of him or herself doing the new behavior. You can hang the picture on the wall and encourage other family members to notice and comment on it to the child. “Oh, I love seeing that picture of you and Ana playing peacefully.” One way to gain some clarity is to write down your child’s behaviors that most drive you crazy or worry you. Then beside each behavior, write what you would prefer the child to do instead. For example, “Nia grabs playthings from Ana,” becomes “Nia asks Ana for the plaything then waits to see if Ana will give it to her. If Ana will not give it to her, she finds something else to do, or asks an adult to help.” Heartfulness July 2017 31

    32. ENCOURAGE POSITIVE VALUES Next, you can think about what positive values are behind the behaviors you are wishing for your child to develop and write those down too. Using the example of Nia and Ana above, the positive values might be peace, harmony, patience and sharing. Can you think of others? Then look for stories or historical examples that highlight those values, and read or talk about them with your children during the week. Your children and you together could make illustrated posters for each value and post those on the walls along with their pictures. Giving this kind of attention to positive values is a powerful way of watering them. The whole family can get involved. CATCH YOUR CHILD DOING SOMETHING RIGHT Now comes your challenge! This is not only about your children changing! You have to retrain yourself to notice your children doing things you’re glad they are doing, even little things. Comment on it. Express your appreciation. In the example above, while Ana and Nia are playing, maybe Nia says in a somewhat threatening voice, “Ana, give me that toy!” Granted, that’s not exactly what you’d like to see, but at least she is talking to Ana instead of just grabbing. You could go over to them – rather quickly before things can escalate – and say, “Nia, I’m so glad you’re talking to Ana instead of just grabbing the toy. Now, can you think of a really nice way to ask her for the toy?” You have watered Nia’s baby step toward peaceful and respectful behavior and helping her move in the right direction. Review your list of behaviors you’d like your children to develop and think about what baby steps they might take in that direction. If you see them doing even a little bit of what you’d like, comment on it. Express your appreciation. Another time, Nia might manage the whole behavior you’d like. She might come to you and say, “Ana won’t share! I asked her but she won’t give me the toy!” She has done exactly what you have asked – come to an adult instead of grabbing, so it’s time to celebrate. “Oh Nia, I’m so happy you came to me instead of grabbing.” 32 Heartfulness July 2017

    33. STARVING THE WEEDS Paying as little attention as possible to the behaviors you don’t want can be just as challenging as noticing the behaviors you do want. If something your child is doing could harm them, another person, or someone’s property, then you must intervene, and that requires paying at least some attention. You can still be neutral though, protecting people and property without becoming angry or scolding. For example, if Nia and Ana begin physically fighting, you will need to find safe places for both of them to calm down so that you can all talk about the situation together. Often though, problem behavior is just inconvenient or irritating rather than dangerous. An example might be Ana and Nia’s brother Vash, who frequently forgets to bring home his school bag. You’re exasperated, but want to think of an alternative to scolding, since that doesn’t work anyway. Maybe you can make Vash a star chart to mark the days he does remember his bag, and he can earn a reward when he remembers his bag 10 times. On the days he forgets you can encourage him with, “Oh well, I’m sure you’ll remember tomorrow. Now how can we find out what you need to do for homework tonight?” Watering what you want takes practice, and when you are tired or frustrated you won’t always succeed. Encourage yourself, just like the children, for taking even baby steps in the right direction. Go easy and find support if you can, from your spouse, other parents, or a professional. Your child’s school or doctor may be able to help. I hope that with some perseverance, you will find your family beginning to grow a fine garden of harmony, responsibility, respect and happiness FURTHER EXPLORATION 1. How to Use Positive Reinforcement for Children, on the New Kids Center website: http:/ /www.newkidscenter.com/Positive-Reinforcement-for-Children.html 2. Nelson, J. et al, 2007. Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems, 3rd Edition, Three Rivers Press, Random House, Inc. USA. 3. Tillman, D. and D. Hsu, 2001. Living Values Activities for Children Ages 3-7, Health Communications, Inc. USA. 4. Miller, J.C., 1998. 10 Minute Life Lessons for Kids: 52 Fun and Simple Games and Activities to Teach Your Child Honesty, Trust, Love, and Other Important Values, HarperCollins, USA. Heartfulness July 2017 33

    34. The Principle of Many GAYATHRI PRAKASH speaks about the changes she has gone through after marriage – leaving her own family and living with her husband’s family, who have different traditions. Confronting her prejudices and expectations, she is learning acceptance and to see the beauty in diversity. V ery often I wonder what life would have been like if my family were not on a spiritual path and us kids were not born into that way of life. Very often I come across people who speak of different beliefs. Somewhere the undercurrents of all these belief systems unify. So I would like to touch upon this point in particular because I believe that this is the principal of all belief systems. 34 Heartfulness July 2017

    35. When a person consciously remembers to hold on to this principle called ‘Love’ at every instance of his life, without any expectations, it will slowly change him from within. When that change happens it will reflect outwards into the world through his eyes. Eventually it becomes a habit that gives the soul satisfaction. I must first write more about myself, and how my life’s stability lies in the openness that has been created by my family and their way of life. I, Gayathri Prakash, am a naturally stubborn and sensitive being. I see many spirited young people my age being the same. What is this expectation that all of us have? I speak to a lot of my friends and they are very reluctant to get married. And one of the many reasons I hear often is, “Gayathri, you are lucky to be married into a family that is similar to yours, but it is not the same everywhere.” A part of this I understand, because the family I married into follow a spiritual path similar to mine. After my wedding, I stumbled upon difficulties that I made sure I complicated as much as possible. Simply saying “Yes” and “No” bore new meaning for me. My level of acceptance was a tad lower than I could accept myself. My husband spoke from his heart all the time and there was something in him that I do not find in many of us today, not limited to age or sex. He was always non-expectant, accepting everything that came his way without even flinching. Coming back to the reluctance to engage, the way I see it is that our expectations are far beyond satisfaction levels. These expectations are complications the human mind creates. For instance a behavior that was accepted at my parents’ home is difficult to accept at my husband’s family home. We create such barriers Heartfulness July 2017 35

    36. in our minds. Isn’t this the time for us to let our hearts think and our minds feel? How open are we to refine ourselves? Between transitions from one space to another, the mind works a number of times faster, creating a defense structure for whatever is to come. The attraction of negative thoughts is not inherited, but the removal of these negative thoughts is inherited from the teachings of our parents who have sown that seed of acceptance. I very often make the mistake of judging a situation without knowing the full picture, and time and again I have been warned by my husband that I am jumping to conclusions. But what to do then? Now I sit down and reflect on what I have done. I must tell you that I always do this with an open heart and a mind. And if I am able to rationalize my decision I explain it, but if I am unable to rationalize I accept that I have made a mistake and apologize for the same. In the world today each family, each system, and each individual is attached to a system of belief. It could be a spiritual path, a religious path, or an atheistic path. But each of these inevitably leans on love. Giving love is something that is inculcated within each of us from the roots. Educating us to be more open to what is to come. My husband’s family has become more open and more progressive in the way they think, thanks to their spiritual practice. This came as a pleasant surprise to me, because my mind was closed to the fact that I had married into a family that would give me enough freedom to do what I wanted and encourage me to be the person I wish to be. For instance, when I questioned some ritualistic Hindu practices, they were open to hearing my point of view in healthy conversations. As for encouragement, when I spoke to my husband about starting a business, he was immediately thrilled and helped me. And I was backed and encouraged by the entire family. They give me equal and sometimes more opportunities. But why did I not see it before? When a person consciously remembers to hold on to this principle called ‘Love’ at every instance of his life, without any expectations, it will slowly change him from within. When that change happens it will reflect outwards into the world through his eyes. Eventually it becomes a habit that gives the soul satisfaction. I will tell you one last thing: our hearts are bound by the roots of our existence, so if we pay enough attention to our own we help uncomplicate the virtues we pass on to generations to come. Ego. Most of us are slaves to this part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious. While ego is a person’s identity, it is ‘mind made’ and usually a character given to the physical body. Rarely do we associate our identity with the soul. The goal is one and the path is Love – the Principle of Many 36 Heartfulness July 2017

    37. Let my love, like sunshine, surround you and yet give you illumined freedom. RABINDRANATH TAGORE Heartfulness July 2017 37

    38. ONE UNIVERSAL CRY For Freedom SWAMI VIVEKANANDA explores the nature of the soul and freedom, and shares his vision on how to bring about that freedom through meditation. I be brought down to one concept – charity to our fellow beings. Is that all of religion? Is enjoyment the goal of life? Were it so, it would be a tremendous mistake to become a man at all. What man can enjoy a meal with more gusto than a dog or cat? Go to a menagerie and see the wild animals tearing the flesh from the bone. Go back and become a bird! ... What a mistake then to become a man! Vain have been my years – hundreds of years – of struggle only to become the man of sense-enjoyments. … am going to present to you my idea of practical religion. We hear all around us about practical religion, and analysing all that we find that it can What is the goal of life? Is this world the goal of life? Nothing more? Are we to be just what we are, nothing more? Is man to be a machine which runs smoothly without a hitch anywhere? Are all the sufferings he experiences today all he can have, and doesn’t he want anything more? What is the goal of it all? Can senses ever be the goal? Can enjoyment of pleasure ever be the goal? Can this life ever be the goal of the soul? … If that is the fate of man, that he is going to be only the perfected machine, it would just mean that we go back to being trees and stones and things like that. Did you ever hear a cow tell a lie or see a tree steal? They are perfect machines. They do not make mistakes. They live in a world where everything is finished. ... The highest dream of many religions is the world. ... The vast majority of people are dreaming of the time when there will be no more disease, sickness, poverty, or misery of any kind. They will have a good time all around. Practical religion, therefore, simply means, “Clean the streets! Make it nice!” We see how all enjoy it. 38 Heartfulness July 2017

    39. All nature is crying through all the atoms for one thing – its perfect freedom. What is the ideal of religion, then, if this cannot be practical religion? And it certainly cannot be. What are we here for? We are here for freedom, for knowledge. We want to know in order to make ourselves free. That is our life: one universal cry for freedom . marked the eternal cry going on through the ages in every breast? We are deceived by poverty. We become wealthy and are deceived with wealth. We are ignorant. We read and learn and are deceived with knowledge. No man is ever satisfied. That is the cause of misery, but it is also the cause of all blessing. That is the sure sign. How can you be satisfied with this world? … If tomorrow this world becomes heaven, we will say, “Take this away. Give us something else.” What is the reason the plant grows from the seed, overturning the ground and raising itself up to the skies? What is the offering for the earth from the sun? What is your life? The same struggle for freedom. Nature is trying all around to suppress us, and the soul wants to express itself. The struggle with nature is going on. Many things will be crushed and broken in this struggle for freedom. That is your real misery. Large masses of dust and dirt must be raised on the battlefield. Nature says, “I will conquer.” The soul says, “I must be the conqueror.” Nature says, “Wait! I will give you a little enjoyment to keep you quiet.” The soul enjoys a little, becomes deluded a moment, but the next moment it cries for freedom again. Have you The infinite human soul can never be satisfied but by the Infinite itself ... Infinite desire can only be satisfied by infinite knowledge – nothing short of that. Worlds will come and go. What of that? The soul lives and forever expands. Worlds must come into the soul. Worlds must disappear in the soul like drops in the ocean. And this world to become the goal of the soul! If we have common sense, we cannot be satisfied, though this has been the theme of the poets in all the ages, always telling us to be satisfied. And nobody has been satisfied yet! Millions of prophets have told us, “Be satisfied with Heartfulness July 2017 39

    40. enjoyment, every ounce of pleasure is to be bought by the expenditure of the infinite heart and mind combined. What are we here for? We are here for freedom, … You may pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worship all the gods there are, but unless you realize the soul there is no freedom. Not talking, theorising, argumentation, but realization. That I call practical religion. for knowledge. We want to know in order to make ourselves free. That is our This truth about the soul is first to be heard. If you have heard it, think about it. Once you have done that, meditate upon it. No more vain arguments! Satisfy yourself once that you are the infinite spirit. If that is true, it must be nonsense that you are the body. You are the Self, and that must be realized. Spirit must see itself as spirit. Now the spirit is seeing itself as body. That must stop. The moment you begin to realiz e that, you are released. ... life: one universal cry for freedom . your lot”; poets sing. We have told ourselves to be quiet and satisfied, yet we are not. It is the design of the Eternal that there is nothing in this world to satisfy my soul, nothing in the heavens above, and nothing beneath. Before the desire of my soul, the stars and the worlds, upper and lower, the whole universe, is but a hateful disease, nothing but that. That is the meaning. Everything is an evil unless that is the meaning. Every desire is evil unless that is the meaning, unless you understand its true importance, its goal. All nature is crying through all the atoms for one thing – its perfect freedom. The spirit must be realized, and that is practical religion. … The Kingdom of Heaven is within us. He is there. He is the soul of all souls. See Him in your own soul. That is practical religion. That is freedom. Let us ask each other how much we are advanced in that: how much we are worshippers of the body, or real believers in God, the spirit; how much we believe ourselves to be spirit. That is selfless. That is freedom. That is real worship. Realize yourself. That is all there is to do. Know yourself as you are – infinite spirit. That is practical religion. Everything else is impractical, for everything else will vanish. That alone will never vanish. It Is eternal. Hospitals will tumble down. Railroad givers will all die. This earth will be blown to pieces, suns wiped out. The soul endureth forever. … What is practical religion, then? To get to that state – freedom, the attainment of freedom. And this world, if it helps us on to that goal, is all right; if not, if it begins to bind one more layer on the thousands already there, it becomes an evil. Possessions, learning, beauty, everything else – as long as they help us to that goal, they are of practical value. When they have ceased helping us on to that goal of freedom, they are a positive danger. What is practical religion, then? Utilize the things of this world and the next just for one goal – the attainment of freedom. Every Therefore to realise the spirit as spirit is practical religion. Everything else is good so far as it leads to this one grand idea. That realization is to 40 Heartfulness July 2017

    41. be attained by renunciation, by meditation – renunciation of all the senses, cutting the knots, the chains that bind us down to matter. … What is meditation? Meditation is the power that enables us to resist all this. … How is it to be attained? In a dozen different ways. Each temperament has its own way. But this is the general principle: get hold of the mind. The mind is like a lake, and every stone that drops into it raises waves. These waves do not let us see what we are. The full moon is reflected in the water of the lake, but the surface is so disturbed that we do not see the reflection clearly. Let it be calm. Do not let nature raise the wave. Keep quiet, and then after a little while she will give you up. Then we know what we are. God is there already, but the mind is so agitated, always running after the senses. You close the senses and yet you whirl and whirl about. Just this moment I think I am all right and I will meditate upon God, and then my mind goes to London in one minute. And if I pull it away from there, it goes to New York to think about the things I have done there in the past. These waves are to be stopped by the power of meditation. … In the long run this power of meditation separates us from the body, and then the soul knows itself as it is – the unborn, the deathless, and birthless being. No more is there any misery, no more births upon this earth, no more evolution. The soul knows itself as having ever been perfect and free Excerpts from the talk, ‘The Practice of Religion’, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol. 4 July 2017 41

    42. CRYPTIK A R T ESSAY 42 Heartfulness July 2017

    43. T ideologies, philosophies, and belief systems in order to help us better understand our connection to one another, the planet and the universe. heCryptik Movement is dedicated to helping humanity evolve towards greater awareness and understanding through public art. The purpose of the Movement is to facilitate the development of a deeper, more meaningful philosophy of life; one that encompasses many Cryptik’s Mantradalas are an exploration of how art can be used as a tool for meditation, introspection and trance induction, each one adorned with sacred mantras and prayers in hopes of bringing blessings and positive karma to all who view it. These Mantradalas are cosmic diagrams that remind us of our relation to the infinite and serve as a gateway to a world that extends beyond our material reality. Inspired by the sacred science of the ancient Egyptians, as well as the practice and creation of Tibetan sand mandalas, this collection reflects the long forgotten wisdom of our ancestors. “The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man.” - Carl Jung Heartfulness July 2017 43

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    49. “Cryptik creates from a palette of wonder, where all science, math, and true art spring from equal mystery. His is a clear-eyed art practice of more questions asked than answered. The Southern Californian creative’s intricate, almost trance-inducing works – be they on mammoth walls, slap stickers, or hanging in galleries – find voice in images of spiritual universality. By his hand, Eastern philosophical thought and mantras hypnotically merge with the black letter bombing of cholo writing. The ancient and the sacred marry in a modern quest – through art – for conscious awakening and awareness”. - Jamie Maleszka, https:/ /massappeal.com/cryptik-interview-scope-miami-beach-2015/ PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRANDON SHIGETA Heartfulness July 2017 49

    50. Should we cook gluten-free? N of a diet that will magically resolve all society's problems. In fact, it is just an answer to a current reality: that there is now too much gluten in our daily food, particularly in wheat, given the rapidly modified processes it goes order to answer the growing demands from squeezed population immediate gains. owadays,talk about gluten- free cooking might sound trendy – an announcement through in an increasingly eager for Gluten is a composite of storage proteins found in wheat and other grains, and we can be intolerant of some or all of these proteins, depending on the sensitivity of our systems. Often we feel lighter after removing gluten altogether or after removing only modern wheat from our diets. In the following article, FÉLICIE TOCZE shows us how delicious cooking can be. She leads us through a journey of discovery of all the tastes, flavors and textures ingredients and invites us to develop our creativity and explore them with enjoyment and inventiveness. gluten-free of gluten-free There are two negative responses to the absorption of gluten: first, an allergic reaction involving the body's immune system, and the second being more akin to intolerance. The former requires a totally gluten-free diet, and the second a limit of our consumption of cereals and to better select them, so as to improve digestion and ease the suffering gluten can cause. I started to explore gluten-free cooking the moment I became aware of the important role of wheat in our diet. I became interested to learn about other cereals that could replace it, and realized that without wheat I not 50 Heartfulness July 2017